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Is it wrong to chew Holy Communion?

Some people have been taught that out of reverence for the Holy Sacrament, one should not chew the bread of Holy Communion but swallow it whole. Such a scruple is entirely unnecessary. In fact, in the famous “Bread of Life” discourse in John 6, Jesus says: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” [John 6:54].

The Greek word trogon, which has been translated, “he who eats,” actually comes from a word that means to chew up. By using such a graphic word, the passage emphasizes that Holy Communion is not something spiritual or abstract, but literal and physical. So chewing it before swallowing poses no problem.

Source: Frequently Asked Questions on the Badarak, The Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church by Michael Daniel Findikyan.

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